uper Eagles forwards Victor Osimhen, Samuel Kalu, Simy Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho in Europe’s top five leagues over the weekend, failed to score in their respective leagues.
Osimhen had an assist on his full debut for Napoli in Sunday’s 6-0 trouncing of Genoa
The 21-year-old, who had three attempts on target, set up Piotr Zielinski with a back-heeled flick for the Polish midfielder to score Napoli’s second goal.
Osimhen was however cautioned for a shove on a defender in the 90th minute of the encounter. He is yet to score for Napoli in two Serie A games since he arrived from Lille.
At the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi stadium, William Troost-Ekong watched from the bench as Udinese suffered a 1-0 loss at Verona.
The defender, who has been
heavily linked with a move to English Championship club, Watford, is yet to make an appearance for Udinese.
Simy saw 90 minutes of action for Crotone, who lost 2-0 at home to AC Milan at the Ezio Scida stadium on Sunday. Simy is yet to open his goal account for his newly promoted side, Crotone, who are without a win in their opening two games.
In the EPL, Iheanacho came on for hat-trick hero Jamie Vardy in Leicester City’s 5-2 win over Manchester City.
Iheanacho has two substitute appearances for the Foxes, who climbed to the top of the EPL table following their massive win at the Etihad stadium.
Iwobi made his first Premier League appearance for Everton, who edged Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday.
Palace had Eberechi Eze in the starting line-up but he was replaced by Michy Batshuayi in the 75th minute.
Iwobi, who had missed Everton’s opening two games against Tottenham Hotspur and West Brom due to a slight knock, replaced James Rodriguez with four minutes left to play.
Mikel Obi registered his first assist of the season as Stoke City recorded a 1-0 win at Preston North End in their Championship clash on Saturday.
Lee Gregory deflected in Mikel’s low cross in the 39th minute of the encounter.
In another Championship game, Tom Dele-Bashiru, made his league debut for Watford, who edged Luton Town 1-0 at the Vicarage Road. He replaced Nathan Chalobah in the 63rd minute.
His compatriot, Isaac Success, was not in Watford’s squad for the game.
At the Cardiff City Stadium, Ovie Ejaria was in action for 90 minutes as Reading beat hosts Cardiff City 2-1.
In Spain, midfielder Ramon Azeez made his first LaLiga start (second appearance of the season) for Granada, who were torn apart by Atletico Madrid.
Luis Suarez scored twice and assisted on his Atletico debut as they earned a comprehensive win over in-form Granada on Sunday.
Granada had won their opening two league games versus Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo Alaves.
Samuel Chukwueze was handed his second start for Villarreal in their clash at Barcelona.
In France, Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja were both handed starting roles for Bordeaux, who were held 0-0 at home by Nice.
The Nigerians were replaced in the 68th minute.
Forward Henry Onyekuru watched from the bench as Monaco recorded a nervy 3-2 home win over Strasbourg.
In Belgium, Emmanuel Dennis, came on for Charles de Ketelaere in Club Brugge’s 2-1 derby win over Cercle Brugge. The Nigerian forward has scored once in three league games for Club Brugge.
Also in Turkey, Arda Turan was subbed off for Oghenekaro Etebo in the 70th minute of Galatasaray’s goalless draw at home to Fenerbahce.
Etebo has so far made two substitute appearances since he arrived at the club on loan from Stoke City.
In Scotland, Leon Balogun, returned to action five weeks after he was sidelined by a muscle injury in Glasgow Rangers’ 5-1 rout of Motherwell FC on Sunday.
The Gers’ are unbeaten so far this season, having recorded seven wins and two draws in nine SPL games.
Balogun came on for Filip Helander, for his fourth appearance of the season, on the hour mark.